From the Dermatology CME/CE in the August 2014 issue of The Clinical Advisor. This CME activity consists of three cases:

  1. Long-term scaly skin
  2. Patchy hair loss on a bearded chin
  3. Solitary plaque on dorsal hand

This activity is provided by Haymarket Medical Education (HME) in ­collaboration with Medical Education Resources (MER).

Release Date: August 15, 2014
Expiration Date: August 14, 2015
Estimated time to complete the educational activity: 30 minutes

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Statement of Need: Undertraining in dermatology for primary-care providers is a common phenomenon. Thus, primary-care clinicians need additional educational outlets devoted to the diagnosis and treatment
of specific dermatologic conditions. For clinicians out of training, CME becomes the most accessible route.

Target Audience: This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of primary-care health-care professionals who treat patients with various dermatologic conditions.

Learning objectives: After completing the activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Examine various skin pathologies
  • Apply increased knowledge of dermatologic conditions
  • Formulate diagnostic procedures and protocols for specific dermatologic conditions

For Dermatologic Look-Alikes

  • Differentiate between varying dermatologic conditions and their diagnostic manifestations
  • Demonstrate proficiency in identifying and treating two distinct skin ailments


Esther Stern, NP-C, family nurse practitioner
Advanced Dermatology & Skin Surgery, P.C., Lakewood, N.J.

Audrey Chan, MD, pediatric dermatology fellow
Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston

Christopher Chu, BS, medical student
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

Adam Rees, MD, dermatologist
Los Angeles

Accreditation Statements

Physician Credit: HME is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: HME designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

Nursing Credit: MER is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Credit Designation: This CE activity provides 0.5 contact hour of continuing nursing education. 

MER is a provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Nursing Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 12299, for 0.5 contact hour.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA): The AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 0.5 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.

Disclosure Policy 

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, HME requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. HME resolves all conflicts of interest in an effort to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs. Furthermore, HME seeks to verify that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CME/CE activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. HME is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME/CE activities that promote improvements in health care and not those of a commercial interest. 

The faculty reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be related to the content of this CME activity:

Faculty Disclosures

Name of Faculty Financial Relationship
Esther Stern, NP-C No relevant financial relationships
Audrey Chan, MD No relevant financial relationships
Christopher Chu No relevant financial relationships
Adam Rees, MD No relevant financial relationships

Staff/Planners’ Disclosures

The planners and managers for this program reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be related to the content of this CME activity:

HME planners and managers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
MER planners and managers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use: This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. HME and MER do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Method of Participation: There are no fees for participating in and receiving CME/CE credit for this activity. During the period of August 2014 through August 2015, participants must: 

  1. Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures; 
  2. Study the educational activity; 
  3. Complete the posttest and submit it online (clinicians may register at; and 
  4. Complete the evaluation form online.

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 70% or better. 

Disclaimer: The content and views presented in this educational activity are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of HME or MER.  Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.

Begin by studying the following cases:

  1. Long-term scaly skin
  2. Patchy hair loss on a bearded chin
  3. Solitary plaque on dorsal hand